The campus adjacent apartment building is named after Meta L. Christy, DO ’21, the
first African American osteopathic physician in the nation as recognized by the AOA.
On Thursday, April 15, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) leaders hosted the ribbon-cutting celebration for the newly-named Meta Christy House.
The building is located adjacent to the PCOM campus and includes 224 apartment-style
living spaces on 12 floors, with common areas on all floors for residents to study
and socialize. PCOM community members will be given priority application for the apartment
A century ago, 22 years after the College’s founding, PCOM graduated its first African
American student, Meta L. Christy, DO ’21. Dr. Christy was the first African American doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) in the nation as recognized by the American Osteopathic Association. PCOM dedicated
the building, previously known as Overmont House, to honor her legacy. During the
ceremony, PCOM also unveiled a portrait of Dr. Christy that will hang in the front
entrance of the building. Portraits of Dr. Christy were also unveiled on the PCOM
Georgia and PCOM South Georgia campus.
Several prominent community members spoke during the ceremony including State Senator
Vicent Hughes, PCOM CEO and president Jay Feldstein, DO ‘81, and Crystal Tann Roberts who attended on behalf of Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. “It’s
an honor to christen this new building in recognition of Dr. Meta Christy and the
expert care and example she showcased,” shared State Senator Vincent Hughes.
Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, attendance was limited. All participants, guests
and members of the media in attendance were required to wear masks, as well as follow
social distancing guidelines.
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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